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Old Time Music Weekend Camp In Oxford, PA
January 17-20, 2014​

With Jane Rothfield (fiddle), Hiliarie Burhans (banjo) and Kellie Allen (guitar)

Early Early Registration-Register and pay before July 1st and get 20% discount ($95 savings)

Registration includes all classes and food from Friday dinner through Monday lunch


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Old Time Stringband Music Weekend Camp

 Classes for Intermediate-Advanced fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, and Guitar

With Alice Gerard (Fiddle), Janie Rothfield (Clawhammer Banjo) and Kellie Allen (Guitar)

Oxford PA at the home of Pete Peterson and Kellie Allen


Friday November 14 (4pm)-Sunday November 16 (3pm)

Small classes, fantastic teachers, delicious food

and tons of jamming!

Limited Spaces Available for

Early Early Bird Pricing  (available through 9/7/2018 )     $350

Early Bird Pricing (available from 9/8-10/14)     $400

Regular Pricing (available until 11/13)   $425

See Registration Page for additional pricing and details


Janie Rothfield

  Clawhammer Banjo

Alice Gerard
Kellie Allen
 Back up Guitar
Shona Carr

This weekend is dedicated to Old Time Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, Guitar, Singing and Stringband music!  It’s a unique opportunity to learn from and spend quality time with great musicians and highly experienced and fun teachers.  Our goal with the Jumpstart Camps is to not only teach you great tunes,  but how to play them better and have more fun!  By focusing on both technique and musicality, we will help you get your playing to the next level.


Janie's Jumpstart offers small class settings of around 8 students per instructor so there is a lot of attention to your individual needs. We make every effort to have the playing ability at the same level in your instrument class to ensure a wonderful and supportive learning environment. 


Classes will be held for Int-Advanced Level Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo and Back up Guitar.


We are delighted to welcome, from North Carolina, old time music legend ALICE GERARD to the Jumpstart family. Alice brings a lifetime of music and experience to camp, as well as wonderful stories and history from her experiences with older generation musicians from the American South.

Jumpstart director, Janie Rothfield, will be teachjing the Clawhammer class (along with Shona Carr).

Jumpstart veteran instructor, Shona Carr will be co-teaching the clawhammer banjo classe as well as teaching several "wildcard" classes.

Kellie Allen will teach the back up guitar class.


All staff instructors will be available for jamming throughout the weekend.

If you are not sure what level class you would be in, please contact JANIE directly ( and she will help answer that question for you! 


Students will have the option to participate in many hours of old time music jams though out the weekend with staff and other participants. 


Within the small group and individual sessions with instructors, you will have a tremendous opportunity to work with, learn from and play with your teacher and other staff throughout the weekend. 


This Jumpstart weekend will be held in a comfortable country home setting in SE Pennsylvania  (the home of Pete Peterson and Kellie Allen). The full weekend price includes all music instruction, jamming, house concert and meals with wonderfully fresh, tasty food (including snacks and beverages). We can absolutely accommodate your dietary needs (provide dietary info on registration).

Accommodations are NOT provided. There are a number of B&B's and hotels 10-20 minutes from the camp location in Oxford PA.


Questions you may have!

​Is this Janie's Jumpstart Weekend Camp for me?

This camp is for the Intermediate to Advanced level FIddle, Clawhammer and Back Up Guitar. If you are looking for great teachers, small classes in a supportive learning atmosphere, attention to musicality, rhythm and tone, tons of jamming with staff and how to play the music you love BETTER, then this camp is for you!

How will I know what class to be in?

We will make sure that you are in the right class by using information you provide in the registration form and by talking and listening personally with each student one on one prior to camp. Janie will contact you for a one on one assessment, as well as listening either on the phone, or via video and/or skype to make sure she knows your playing ability and learning style to make sure you are in the right level class.


Janie's Jumpstart prides itself on making sure the the people in each class are VERY CLOSE in ability so the class can learn at the same pace and skill. 

​Where is it?

This camp is at the home of Pete Peterson and Kellie Allen in Oxford PA, 1 hour from Philadelphia and 1 hour from Baltimore. The address will be provided after registration.

When is it?  FRIDAY November 16 (4pm)-SUNDAY November 18 (ends at 3pm)

What is the schedule (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)?

Friday: 4-10:30pm You can arrive anytime after 4pm for socializing, jamming.  Dinner at 6:30pm followed by orientation, Staff House Concert and jamming. Ends 11pm.

Saturday: Starts 9am (breakfast), 2 Morning classes, Lunch, 2 Afternoon classes, break, wildcard classes and jamming, dinner, Student concert, jamming.Ends 11pm.

Sunday: Starts 9am (breakfast), 2 Morning classes, Lunch, 2 Afternoon classes, break, wildcard classes and jamming, Ends 3pm.

Other questions?

If you have any other questions, please e-mail Jane Rothfield.  or Call Jane at 518-522-7445

"I can't imagine a more ideal immersion into the old-time tradition than one of Janie's Jumpstart weekends. The collection of talented instructors, the small class size, the jamming opportunities, the bucolic setting, the great food -- see for yourselves. You'll learn a lot and have a ton of fun."  Paul O'Connor-clawhammer banjo (Oxford, PA Jumpstart)

Photo by Georgia Sheron

Georgia asked me if I could play the fiddle and click my heels in the air-I said "Sure" and I started walking down from the cabin playing St. Anne's Reel.  I heard Georgia say "2" and up I went! She got the shot as is-no photoshop here!


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